Thursday, March 13, 2014

Facial Pain

Dr. Dipika Shah treats patients in her dental office for many different types of ailments, including facial pain. Facial pain can be caused from issues with the nerves, jaw, teeth, ear, or head. Many cases of facial pain seem like the pain is experienced in the Jaw, gums or teeth, but it can be a  sinus infection, an infected or impacted tooth, Myofacial Dysfunction, a result of periodontal disease, fractured tooth, Cancerous lesion, trigeminal neuralgia or even Bell's palsy!

Complete history, proper clinical evaluation along with some radiographs can help  etermine the cause and possible treatment for this type of pain. Some of the more common causes of facial pain that are treated by our dentist Dr. Shah include:

  • Tooth infection
  • Sinus infection
  • Toothache
  • Arthritis
  • TMJ disorder
  • Neuralgia
  • Injury
  • Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding
  • Periodontal gum disease

We provide treatments for facial pain depending on the cause. For TMJ or jaw-related pain, which is often caused by teeth grinding, we recommend that a custom splint be made and worn. Treating infections ranges from root canal procedures and antibiotics to extracting the tooth.

If you are experiencing facial pain, do not hesitate to call us at 732-264-8180 to schedule an appointment.

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